I had several experiences...that could be deemed mystical. Because of this, at age 14 or so I began studying the religions of the world. Though I was being raised in the Catholic faith, other religions, cultures and mythic stories fascinated me and I believed there was much more I should learn than what I was being shown. As an adult I have partaken in religious ceremony of all of the major faiths and some of the more obscure ones, while also following my own path and desire for spiritual awakening in a much broader sense.
However, my Catholic roots do run deep, especially in the area of miracles and the stories surrounding them. Though I'm from Pennsylvania I have traveled a good bit and found a strong connection to the South West where ...I discovered Our Lady of Guadalupe. The story of her appearance in Mexico supported by the still existing cloak or apron full of roses in winter, and a painting of the Lady herself spoke deeply to me.
When I was searching to buy my first home about four years ago, I kept finding images of Our Lady of Guadalupe at every turn here in Pittsburgh. So I asked her to find me the right house to buy and promised to dedicate the home to her.
...In doing this image I took on the approach of the Icon Painters, where one clears the self and
allows the energy of the subject to guide the hand. When completed, I added areas of crystals and sparkle as in the tradition of Hindu art, which is meant to help transmit thoughts and energies between the holy one and our physical plane.
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